Phishing websites on the rise

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Phishing websites on the rise

Antony Savvas

The total number of unique phishing attacks went down this July when compared with June, but the number of phishing websites has continued to increase.

Phishing see remote attackers send e-mails to users that look like genuine messages from mainly well-known companies.

The messages usually contain a web link that guides the user to a fake branded website which tries to glean the personal and security details of the victim, to enable phishers to commit fraud.

The latest report by the industry-backed Anti Phishing Working Group (APWG) says there were 23,670 unique phishing attacks using e-mail in July, which was a 5% decrease on June.

But the number of unique phishing websites detected by the APWG rose to 14,191 in July 2006, an increase from June and the highest number ever recorded.

July also saw the highest ever number of company brands subjected to phishing attacks, with 154 targeted by phishers.

Financial services continued to be the most targeted industry sector, growing to 93.5% of all attacks in July.

The US remains the top country when it comes to hosting phishing attacks, responsible for 29.85% of them.

The rest of the top-10 breakdown is as follows – South Korea with 13.34%, China with 12%, France on 5.87%, Australia (4.56%), Germany (3.32%), Japan (3.04%), Canada (1.78%), Thailand (1.59%), and Italy on 1.52%.


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